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Promoting Literacy in Two Languages

Students at every school in the Long Beach Unified School District can now enjoy David Saltzman’s popular children’s book, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” in Spanish and English in all school libraries.

Copies of the recently released bilingual edition were donated to Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser for distribution to every school by the Spirit of Sue Fund and the Long Beach Education Foundation.

The book is the centerpiece of an award-winning literacy program, which began at Lincoln Elementary School in Long Beach.  Seventeen elementary schools in the district have successfully completed these programs with read-a-thons resulting in the donation of the uplifting Jester books and dolls to Miller Children’s Hospital and other local facilities.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give a copy of this beloved book to every school in the district,” said Jeff Fellenzer, Director of the Spirit of Sue Fund. “To have the book in a bilingual English and Spanish edition will make it very useful for students learning both English and Spanish, as well as immersion classes.”

Barbara Saltzman, Executive Director of the non-profit Jester & Pharley Phund, which distributes the bestseller, presented the books at a recent Education Foundation meeting.  Her son, David, wrote and illustrated the book as his senior project at Yale University just before he died of Hodgkin’s disease in 1990.  In the book, the Jester awakes one morning to find laughter missing in his kingdom, and he and his helpmate, Pharley, set off on a quest to find it.  They discover that laughter can redeem a weary world and provide the best tonic for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

The Spirit of Sue Fund honors the memory of educator Suzanne B. Fellenzer, who served for more than 50 years as an LBUSD teacher, administrator and elementary school principal.

For more information about The Phund, visit thejester.org or call (310) 544-4733.

LITERACY IN TWO LANGUAGES – The book, "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle," is the centerpiece of an award-winning literacy program that started in Long Beach.  A copy of the recently released English and Spanish version of the book was donated to all school libraries here.